As the topic of mental health continues to make waves during this pandemic, it has become quite difficult to understand when to seek treatment. This week, we will be covering Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments (EBPT) for mental disorders with a goal to hopefully shed some light on where we are at on a global scale in the field of mental health, and what is available in terms of treatment.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), there are three critical problems in the world right now, when it comes to mental health. One, is that the prevalence of mental disorders is growing, two, there isn’t enough treatment available for a majority of individuals who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and the third problem is that while there is compelling evidence that evidence-based psychological treatments (EBPTs) are effective as single or adjunctive treatments for many mental disorders, there is evidence that access to these treatments is diminishing.

Last week, we discussed Mental Health First Aid, and shed light on Reach Out Together’s Frontline Mental Health Training. The reason why we believe that training is so important is because it plays a huge role in spreading awareness about mental health disorders, and in a way, normalizes bringing them to light in a conversation. We need to be able to talk about mental health openly, especially within our homes, in order to be able to create more space for treatment in the medical workforce. We need to be able to know when to seek help.

As per NCBI, national surveys in countries like the USA, Great Britain and Australia revealed that less than half of the people meeting the criteria for a mental health disorder made use of any services for a mental health problem. As stated on the same website, “the WHO comparison of 14 countries reported that 35.5% to 50.3% of serious cases in developed countries and 76.3% to 85.4% in less developed countries received no treatment in the prior 12 months.”

While seminars and workshops do play a huge role, it has also been identified by the NCBI that there is a lot of work to do on every level to implement EBPTs. Organizations and corporate companies need to start introducing mental health training for their employees, governments need to provide cost-effective treatments so that people living with a mental illness do not end up feeling like they have to break the bank to get treated, and a lot more research needs to be conducted in order to provide multiple avenues of diagnosis and treatment for a mental health patient.

As we are all slowly coming out of the pandemic and shifting our focus to getting vaccinated, let us not forget that our minds need to be protected too. A lot of us have been through some sort of trauma in the past year and a half, and there is no shame, whatsoever, in taking some time to do a mental health check-in with yourself. You owe it to yourself to feel good and healthy.

For further information on how to take that first step to recovery, contact us at resource@reachouttogether.com